The 15 Best Charles Vane Quotes (From Black Sails)


Spoilers for Black Sails up to and including Season 3 Episode 9 herein

Charles Vane has had some of the best monologues, quotes, and one-liners from the entire Black Sails series. Immediately after this weeks episode, when he had 3 of them, I saw many people looking for the direct quotes from the episode. I decided why not make a list of all of the best Charles Vane quotes so when people go searching they’re all compiled in one place. Enjoy!

15. “Be honest, are you as surprised as I am that I’m the only one here behaving himself”

14. “You came all the way down here to ask me to beg for mercy? What a fantasy this must have been for you.”

13. “Shepard? You are the sheep”

12. “You don’t give a shit about money or respect. Or the things you’ve built here. I think you’re just tired of fathers telling you what to do. And so I’m offering you a life free from them.”

11.  “Came to take your ship. Stayed to get you out of all this. Figured if anyone was going to make a trophy of you, it really ought to be me.”

10. “By whom did you suggest there would be reprisals against him? Did you use Mr. Frasier’s name? Captain Naft’s, then? I can understand how that would strike fear in the heart of any man. Or did you use mine? You’re welcome.”

9. “When I take something from a man – his ship, his money, his life – I don’t hide behind a clerk. I don’t hide behind the law. I don’t hide behind anything. I look him in his eye and I give him every chance to deny me. That is legitimate.”

8. “Make no mistake about it, whatever future this place has left, I’m it”

7. “What the ****s the matter with you people? We haven’t done enough for you? You turn your back on us now?”

6. “No man is rich who could have a lot more by doing less.”

5. “He was a shit. He was a cowardly, selfish, treacherous shit who cared only for himself and for you not at all. You know this. All your life you knew this. Then suddenly he walks back through your door, tells you he can give you all of the things you want, tells you I’m your enemy, and, just like that, his love is sacred and mine is a inconvenient obstacle to your ambitions.The life cycle of your affections A man you love who speaks the truth shunted aside in favor of the next who will tell you whatever you want to hear.”

4. “I wish to speak on behalf of the defendant. These men convinced you that they speak for you. That the power you’ve given them is used in your interests. That the prisoner before you is your enemy and they your friends. For those of you who live to see tomorrow know that you had a choice to see the truth and you let yourselves be convinced otherwise.”

3. “I was once a slave. I know too well the pain of the yoke on my shoulders and of the freedom of having cast it off. So I’m resolved, I will be no slave again. And as I am free, I hereby claim the same for Nassau. She is free today, and so long as I draw breath, she shall remain free. Richard Guthrie was engaged in an effort to see her return to the rule of a king, to see the yoke returned. He betrayed Nassau, and thus, as always, to traitors.”

2. “There is a place not far from here where strong men live lives of pleasure, not labor, a place where you could be feared and respected once again. Follow me, and I will show you what life is.”

1. “These men who brought me here today do not fear me, they brought me here today because they fear you. Because they know that my voice, a voice that refuses to be enslaved, once lived in you and may yet still. They brought me here today to show you death and use it to frighten you into ignoring that voice. But know this, we are many, they are few. To fear death is a choice, and they can’t hang us all….Get on with it motherfucker.”…”Get on with it motherfucker” could’ve been a great quote on it’s own, but this entire monologue was fantastic and that just made it the best.